United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a Security Council meeting on Wednesday called on Israel to abandon its plans to apply sovereignty over the West Bank, stating that any annexation would constitute a serious violation of international law.

“Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis and the broader international community. If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-state solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations”, Guterres said.

“I call on the Israeli government to abandon its annexation plans,” he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously presented several different scenarios on annexing parts of the West Bank to his coalition government partner from the Blue and White Alliance, Benny Gantz, according to Israeli media reports.